The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is the first title from The Astronauts, the new studio created by People Can Fly (Painkiller, Bulletstorm) developers Adrian Chmielarz, Andrzej Poznanski and Michal Kosieradzki. It's being billed as a 'weird fiction horror' game, inspired by 'weird fiction stories and other tales of macabre of the early 20th century', and will focus chiefly on delivering an immersive story mixed with gameplay that focuses on exploration and discovery.
The story synopsis for the game certainly delivers on the promise of being macabre:
"As a detective with the supernatural ability to visualize scenes of lethal crimes, you investigate the kidnapping of a young boy, hoping to save him before it’s too late. The investigation leads you to a beautiful mountain area, where you come across a severely mutilated body of one of the kidnappers. Using both your paranormal skill and modern detective tools you discover the mystery behind the trail of corpses in the valley, the roots of an ancient force ruling the area, and the fate of the kidnapped boy."
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is set to release on the PC sometime this year. Here's the debut trailer for the game: